24 days of wonder (3): The Universe in a drop of water

Stuck at home in the snow for the last couple of days I’ve been feeling cooped up and frustrated but sitting down quietly for a few minutes I noticed these drops of water on the tiled floor by the back door – perhaps melted snow brought in on foot.

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There seems to be salt forming a crystal crust and some kind of oil that refracts the light into different colours when caught at the right angle in the sunlight.

They remind me of galactic nebulae out in space or the strange surface of a distant planet.

24 days of wonder (2): Rain

Someone has taken a lot of time and effort to carve this into a stone building in Sheffield City centre – it’s tucked away down a back alley like stonemason’s graffiti. It’s a playful thing to do but the medium is so solemn. I wonder why they chose that word (and 100 points to anyone in Sheffield who can find it and tell me its location).

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24 days of wonder (1): Two chairs

So, here we go. 24 moments of beauty in the ordinary for advent (and I refuse to show any photos of snow because I’m sick of the sight of it already). I am indebted to the artist Keri Smith as her book ‘How to be an explorer of the world’  is a major inspiration for this project.

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I saw these two chairs miles apart on different streets in Manchester. They’re so full of character, abandoned – but the glorious red material shone out amongst the other street detritus. They look like they’re made for each other but will probably never meet.